In this long read Andrew Walker outlines the recent discussions of the LGiU's Homelessness Commission on how councils can support vulnerable people, particularly young people, in danger of becoming homeless and how they can use their data to join up services more effectively.
LGiU has launched our Homelessness Commission, led by LGiU’s local government members. Through a series of investigations into how councils can prevent homelessness, the Commission will provide practical solutions for making good on the goals of the HRA, as well as a robust set of challenges and demands for central government to provide the right resources, powers and tools for councils to tackle this task.
While the pressure to deliver housing numbers is rising, it is increasingly important that we have a conversation about what sort of places we build. Our research, in partnership with the Ramblers, shows that local authorities want to build places that encourage walking and active travel, but developers do not always share these priorities. Many councils feel the […]
A survey of over 1,200 ward councillors in England, carried out by the Local Government Information Unit, and commissioned by the National Trust, reveals councillors’ view that the planning system works in the interests of developers over councils and local communities.
New research from LGiU looks at the role that councils will play in future house building. Are they ready to take on an enabler role and create the partnerships that will get the homes that we need built?
The report explores how councillors can provide leadership when building new homes and creating new communities. It contains innovative and practical recommendations to help them do so.
LGiU has carried out an evaluation of Lambeth’s new approach to improving the local neighbourhood. Instead of asking residents “do you support this proposal”, Lambeth wanted to ask residents “what would you like to see in this area?” The approach places local citizens in the driving seat and shows how Lambeth Council is seeking to […]
LGiU has worked in partnership with CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) to understand and support councils taking action to protect community pubs. The report argues that local authorities have the powers to prevent pubs being redeveloped.
This is a collection of essays offering views and suggestions from key commentators on the planning system. It was collated by the LGiU, with support from the Federation of Master Builders, for the Liberal Democrats’ CLG Parliamentary Committee. Contributions from: Sir Andrew Stunell OBE MP Brian Berry, CEO, Federation of Master Builders Cllr Keith House, […]
This is the final report of an LGiU project, supported by the Mears Group, which looked at how social landlords are engaging with their tenants on the ground. The project surveyed and interviewed registered social landlords, ALMOs and retained stock authorities. The findings are presented in the report and drawing on this research the report […]